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A gender-fluid witch in a small Southern town prepares for their Black Cotillion coming out party. Singing worms converge on an old woman and young boy living in a house buried deep underground. Revenge drives an angry spirit through possession after possession in the bare-knuckle boxing ring. A father and son's canoe trip to one of the world's "soft places" culminates in ...more
Paperback, 190 pages
Published January 31st 2020 by Trepidatio
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David Peak
Feb 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A gorgeous and wildly varied debut collection. Wonderful writing.
Adriane
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I still remember that when I first dove deeper into the world of horror/fantasy/weird literature, I was in awe at how incredibly imaginative some authors could be. As Summer's Mask Slips brought this feeling back to me so vividly! Gordon B. White's scope is as wide as can be, and I found myself giddy with the excitement of not knowing where the next story would take me! Not every story worked for me, but I still consider this a 5-star collection because the ones that did were truly memorable, so ...more
Seb
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
With his first collection, "As Summer's Mask Slips", Gordon B. White scores a bull's eye. If the stories seem eclectic at first, ranging from folk-horror to surrealist horror fairy tales, a strong vision and impeccable story-telling holds them together in a tightly coherent volume. A master of the uncanny and strong atmospheres, Gordon B. White will undoubtedly gain his seat as a true master of the horrific and weird. ...more
Eric LaRocca
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Quite possibly one of the finest collections of weird horror of all time.
Matthew
May 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
An impressive and enjoyable collection of dark fiction. There’s a little something that touches on nearly all of horror’s various subgenres, including tales of revenge, creature features, gritty dystopias, surreal fairytales, and quieter, atmospheric stories of grief and loss. Among the regular length short stories are also a handful of short, wonderfully constructed vignettes like “The Sputtering Wick of the Stars, which is utterly perfect.

Despite the wide range of the book, the stories cohere
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Clint
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have it on dependable authority that Gordon B. White maintains a daily regimen of long-hand writing exercises (you might glimpse a mention of this practice by way of some of his social-media posts). It’s a presumption, but I can’t help but consider that this pen-to-paper practice (diurnal journaling not being a unique task for many writers, though possibly an exhaustive disciplinary tactic to civilian sensibilities) has been a galvanizing ingredient in the syllable-by-syllable precision of Whi ...more
Sam Edwards
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Gordon B. White is a writer I've had the fortune of being familiar with. He's made appearanaces in some of my favorite anthologies ("A Breath from the Sky" from Martian Migraine Press and "Twice-Told" from Cthonic Matter) so it's good, rewarding thing to sit down with a body of his work. The stories are witchy, angry and wrathful. There are also some shorter pieces, almost flash-fiction, which are brutal and offer high-concepts in very few words. The clear winner is the concluding tale, "Birds o ...more
Alex
Oct 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
If you want a sample of what’s in store for you with this collection, “Birds of Passage” is available to listen to for free over at PseudoPod. This is a story about an overnight canoe trip though territory that gets folded, and time becomes loose, and there may be some extra-dimensional paths. This is all set through explorations of father-son relationships and childhood friendships that make you want to pick up the phone to reach out and touch someone after the story finishes. Several more samp ...more
Doungjai
Oct 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A magnificent and impressive debut collection.
Keith Rosson
Jul 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
A fantastic collection here. Varied and endlessly strange, with a number of very cool techniques and story engines that I haven't seen in short fiction often. Not every story was a hit for me, but the ones I connected with are going to stick with me for a looooong time. And even with the ones I couldn't necessarily get behind, White provides plenty of moments of fantastic writing at the sentence-level.

But for real, “Eight Affirmations For the Revolting Body, Confiscated From the Prisoners of Bun
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Brian
Feb 01, 2021 rated it it was ok
Some of these stories were fantastic and interesting, while others really fell flat. I look forward to more work from this author as their voice develops because there is a lot of creative potential already there. Luckily, these are short stories so if something doesn't resonate with you, there something different coming up. ...more
Victoria Fuller
Sep 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Only a few stories I didn't like. But I liked it for the most part. A few stories really kicked ass ...more
Sam Hicks
Feb 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
Worth the price of admission for 'Birds of Passage' alone - wonderful Blackwoodian numinosity. ...more
The Master
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Great stuff. So many vivid images in these fresh freaky tales.
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Gordon B. White has lived in North Carolina, New York, and the Pacific Northwest. His debut fiction collection, As Summer's Mask Slips and Other Disruptions (Trepidatio Press), is forthcoming in January 2020. A graduate of the Clarion West Writing Workshop (2017), his fiction has appeared in venues such as Pseudopod, Daily Science Fiction, and the Bram St
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